Captain Donald L. Whitlow (Ret'd.)
Captain Donald L. Whitlow, 82, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Donald was born November 11, 1932 in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Verl R. and Maxine L. Whitlow. He married Winifred “Winnie” Robertson on October 23, 1955, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Steven of Springfield and Scott (Carol) of Davie, Fl. There are four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Donald retired from the Illinois State Police in 1989 where he was Chief of Staff for Field Operations. He began his career with the State Police in 1961 as a Trooper on the Chicago Toll Road. The family moved to Lexington where he patrolled out of ISP District 6-Pontiac. In 1967 they moved to Springfield where he taught at the ISP Academy, and later moved to the Administrative Office in the IL State Armory. He attended the Northwestern University Traffic Institute as well as the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, KY. While in Kentucky, he received the honorary status of Kentucky Colonel.
Donald graduated from John Greer High School in Hoopeston and shortly thereafter entered the Navy serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Badoeng Straight during the Korean Conflict. He was on board and witnessed the early testing of the atom bomb at sea. Upon discharge from the Navy he returned to Hoopeston, married Winnie and went back to his first love, farming. He began his career in law enforcement in 1957 working as a Vermillion County Deputy Sheriff and later with the Illinois Secretary of State as a License Investigator, now the Illinois Secretary of State Police. Upon retiring from the ISP, he returned to Hoopeston each fall to work on the farm until his 70’s.
Don was an avid trap shooter participating in Amateur Trapshooting Association events across the country and twice named to the ATA Veterans All-American Team. He was President of the ILATA in 2000. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge in Hoopeston and was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
Memorial Gathering: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Friday, January 9, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home.
Graveside Service: 1:00 pm Friday, January 9, 2015 at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.